Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

San Francisco – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 9 – Feb. 15. CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams was named both Gymnast of the Week and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week while STANFORD’s Taylor Rice was voted Specialist of the Week.

CALIFORNIA freshman Toni-Ann Williams is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fifth week in a row this week, and for the first time has also been named Gymnast of the Week. Williams won two events and the all-around in the No. 18 Golden Bears’ meet with No. 10 OREGON STATE on Feb. 13. Williams set a new program-record (39.700) in the all-around and posted a perfect 10.0 on vault for the first time in CALIFORNIA history to help the Golden Bears to a season-high 196.225 total. Williams’ perfect 10.0 was only the program’s second 10.0 in school history. In addition to claiming the all-around and vault titles, Williams won on the floor with a 9.95 while claiming runner-up on bars and beam with 9.875s on both events.

STANFORD junior Taylor Rice earned Special Performance of the Week honors for her performance in the No. 16 Cardinal’s meet with No. 9 UCLA on Feb. 14. Rice won first place on the floor with a score of 9.925 and on the vault with a score of 9.900. Rice came in second on the beam with a score of 9.850 in a critical performance that came immediately after the gymnast before her fell. 

A gymnast of the week has been selected every week of the season since 2001. The Specialist of the Week award was added in 2008. It is the third year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

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Also Nominated: 
Gymnast of the Week: 

Cerise Witherby, OSU; Allison Northey, WASH; Sonya Meraz, UCLA; Ivana Hong, STAN 

Special Performance of the Week: 
Sadiqua Bynum, UCLA; Erika Aufiero, OSU; Stephanie Stowe, WASH; Kailah Delaney, UTAH; Dana Ho, CAL

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: 
Maddy Stover, UTAH; Joslyn Goings, WASH; Sonya Meraz, UCLA

2015 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners:
                Gymnast                               Specialist                         Freshman/Newcomer

Jan. 12    Tory Wilson, UTAH               Jessie Sisler, ARIZ          Elizabeth Price, STAN
Jan. 19    Georgia Dabritz, UTAH         Ivana Hong, STAN          Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Jan. 27    Samantha Peszek, UCLA     Corrie Lothrop, UTAH      Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 2     Georgia Dabritz, UTAH          Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA    Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 16   Georgia Dabritz, UTAH          Tory Wilson, UTAH          Toni-Ann Williams, CAL

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